Research technicians and laboratory managers are important for keeping scientific research moving forward. They collect data, oversee budgets and supplies, and manage research teams. Yet, these positions aren’t always recognized as long-term career options and individuals in these roles often lack the resources and support needed to develop their own careers. Nature talked to six technicians and lab managers about how they continue to make progress towards their goals and what lab leaders and institutions can do to support them.
Read the full article with perspectives from TAKAKO KEIDA, Laboratory technician at Kumamoto University in Kumamoto, Japan / JACQUELYN MOUNTCASTLE, Staff research associate at the University of California, Los Angeles / LOUIS BANDA, Lab manager for the Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit in Karonga, Malawi / DEVIN LAKE, Lab manager and PhD student at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan / ELAINE FITZCHARLES, Senior lab manager at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, UK / CATHERINE TUCKEY, Professional registration specialist for the Royal Society of Chemistry and project lead of the Technician Commitment initiative in Nottingham, UK.